Celebrating Communities: Conversation #3

Our third gathering, and almost 1 month since the conversations started. We had 8 people come along, and we agreed that smaller groups make it easier to chat.

We started by asking people:

“What would you like to get out of the Celebrating Communities project?”

        No real agenda but informal conversations that have been lost due to being online

–       The kind of chats we’d have when having a cup of tea somewhere – a good way to get creative

        A space to share projects

        To learn about what’s happening locally

        Themed sessions centered around topics of interest

        Guidance and training

        A place to come together and talk about challenges

The conversation then led into current projects, achievements and challenges…

Walking Maps – Cathie from North Berwick in Bloom and North Berwick Gardening Club shared the work they are currently doing to update maps for walking paths. The maps will include benches and they are working on including shelters and viewpoints too.

Flower Planters – NBIB & NBGC are also working on a fish box project for the town – a creative competition to turn old fish boxes into planters for the garden. They hope to launch this by the end of March – more details to follow!

Reaching Care Facilities – Khlayre talked about her singing project and the challenges of reaching everybody, especially those in care facilities and sheltered housing. This has been identified as a problem across the country and a conversation to talk about these challenges and identifying allies and access would be beneficial.

DF Library Services – Wilma talked about the library service and all the support and groups they provide. There was talk of exciting things to look forward to once lockdown eases – dementia inclusive groups eg. film club and adult colouring group in Tranent, sing a long and knit and natter in Dunbar. We reminisced about bingo, New Age Kurling, and dominoes. Sue agreed she would follow up with Eileen for a dementia inclusive library plan. Wilma noted the libraries are receiving more people with diagnosis and would benefit from more information on support groups, and available training.

What’s On – Although there is lots of exciting activity to share, everyone agreed that the main issue for people is sharing and finding out what is on. Keeping the information up to date, and where to post the information for people to see. Thoughts:

  • Leaflets are popular although expensive to print and need regular update
  • Digital leaflets are a great alternative for those online – SG have a new brightly colored what’s on
  • Notice boards are key for those who are not online, however knowing where people look is an ongoing issue
  • Facebook – community pages are useful places to share
  • Neighbours have been so great in reaching people
  • Many people have continued close connections with delivering food and having doorstep chats
  • Paper newsletters in the post have been popular over lockdown. People like to have something to hold and read.
  • Courier inserts are a good way to reach wider

Agreed we need to talk to each community to find out what work is being done, so we can help to build on that.

DF Yoga – Sue gave an update on Yoga Moments and announced the launch of training sessions for people who want to bring yoga into practices. These will be offered for free to Health & Social Care staff in line with Yoga for Health. More information on the Yoga Moments website: https://www.yogamoments.org.uk/

Outcomes & Actions

  • Continue CC Thursday sessions as an informal drop in and catch up opportunity
  • Create spaces for sharing, celebrating, learning and talking about challenges
  • Look at links with care facilities that were created during the resilience and build on these relationships
  • Find out what work each community is doing around communicating What’s On in their area
  • A plan for libraries – DF activities and training
  • Opportunity for social prescribing with Yoga Moments training

 

You can watch the full conversation here:

When we next meet:

We will be alternating our Thursday drop-in time, mornings and evenings. You can join these drop in conversations on Zoom online, or telephone. Information below:

Celebrating Communities: Drop-in (evening)

Thursday 25th February 2021 – 6.30pm

Please click here to register in advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are having trouble with registering, please click here to join the conversation instead.

Join over telephone: Call +44 203 901 7895. Enter the Meeting ID: 825 0646 0407. Then enter the Passcode: 872789.

Celebrating Communities: Drop-in (morning)

Thursday 11th March – 10.30am

Please click here to register in advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are having trouble with registering, please click here to join the conversation instead.

Join over telephone: Call +44 203 901 7895. Enter the Meeting ID: 870 2296 1021. Then enter the Passcode: 923676.

Celebrating Series:

We are starting a series of more focused conversations as requested from the drop-in sessions. We are starting with Celebrating: Walking in East Lothian.

We hope to hear about everyone’s experiences of walking, the good things to celebrate and do more of, and the things that could encourage getting out more. As always there will be plenty of opportunity for sharing and discussion. 

Celebrating: Walking in East Lothian

Tuesday 2 March – 03:00pm

Sign up to join the conversation here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Training and Development

Age Scotland have kindly offered a free Dementia Awareness Training workshop. The training is informal and fun, you can find more information on their website here. If you are interested please click here to let us know your preferred date.

This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust. The Trust is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. 

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